Collaborate Chicago! 

Teachers, join us on August 1 for a conference on the Common Core State Standards

July 20, 2012

While we are well into summer vacation, Chicago Public Schools is still hard at work to ensure our teachers and students have all the tools necessary to boost student learning when the new school year begins in the upcoming weeks.  On Wednesday, August 1, CPS is partnering with the Chicago Teachers Union for “Collaborate Chicago!” – a rigorous one-day professional learning conference framed around the Common Core State Standards. “Collaborate Chicago!” is the first-ever summer professional learning conference co-sponsored by Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center.


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe what students are expected to learn at every grade level in order to be prepared for success in college and careers. Adopted by 46 states, including Illinois, CCSS is designed to be relevant to the real world and help students succeed in a global economy.


More than a thousand teachers from across Chicago will come together with educational leaders from around the country at the UIC Forum to learn about the Common Core State Standards, share curricula, network and discuss best practices.  The conference is a great opportunity to learn more about the impact of the CCSS on the District and how it will help boost student achievement.


Chicago Public Schools began to transition to CCSS in 2011-12 and will fully implement in the 2014-15 school year, when the state assessment will also be aligned to assess CCSS.  Parents, be sure to visit the CPS Common Core website for more information and resources on the CCSS.


More information about the conference, including registration, can be found by visiting To register for the free event, or to sign up as a presenter, click here. If you have any additional questions, visit